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23 May 2005 An ambulatory recording system for the assessment of autonomic changes across multiple days
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Recent evidence indicates that poor autonomic regulation, indexed by decreased heart period variability (HPV), is associated with decreased working memory. HPV analyses are computed on the interbeat interval time series derived from the electrocardiogram (EKG). Unfortunately, the duration of the data collection and the issue of the size of ambulatory monitors with sufficient storage capacity for multi-day records is somewhat problematic. In the present paper we describe a system that allows for the collection of large amounts of high quality data using a small data collection device. The recording system consists of a miniature, single-module electrocardiogram-recording device. This module consists of an integrated three-electrode device that is attached to the chest of the subject. A low power 8-bit micro-controller detects the R-spike and stores the time between R-spikes in milliseconds on a 512 KB EEPROM. This system can record continuously for over four days. This system will allow the recording of cardio-dynamics in the field and provide highly reliable data across multiple days. The use of this device to assess physiological function in military operations would allow researchers to examine longer data records across several contexts and to understand the role of changes in autonomic function as they relate to performance.
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John J. Sollers III, Yoshiharu Yonezawa, Rebecca A. Silver, Marcellus M. Merritt, and Julian F. Thayer "An ambulatory recording system for the assessment of autonomic changes across multiple days", Proc. SPIE 5797, Biomonitoring for Physiological and Cognitive Performance during Military Operations, (23 May 2005);

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